While it might not be surprising to hear leftist university professors and administrators espouse ideas that run counter to America’s founding principles, some views stand out as particularly controversial.
That was the case when University of Minnesota liberal arts professor Melanie Yazzie appeared at an event organized by Red Nation, a group with the stated mission of liberating “Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism.”
Reports indicate she participated in a panel discussion during which she not only expressed outright support for Palestine — and by extension the Hamas terrorist group — but also called on like-minded activists to “dismantle” the United States.
In Yazzie’s opinion, those gathered at the conference are “all indigenous people who come from nations who are under occupation by the United States government” and are thus justified in seeing the U.S. government as their enemy.
“So it’s our responsibility as people who are within the United States to go as hard as possible to decolonize this place, because that will reverberate all across the world — because the U.S. is the greatest predator empire that has ever existed,” she insisted.
Yazzie went on to complain that “the U.S. bankrolls the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land,” tacitly celebrating the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel when she described Palestine as “the alternative path for native nations.”
In an apparent reference to the October attack as part of a “righteous struggle,” Yazzie added: “It is so powerful that it has literally, in 60 days, changed the entire world.”
Gloating that “nothing for colonizers or for any of the good, humble people of the Earth, would ever be the same again” after the brutal attack on innocent Israeli citizens, the professor portrayed the current political climate as ripe for similar acts around the world.
Part of that plan, Yazzie continued, involves forcing the United States “out of everywhere,” including North America and Palestine.
“And the goal is to dismantle the settler project that is the United States for the freedom and the future of all life on this planet,” she said. “It very much depends on that.”
Wow. Melanie Yazzie, a professor at @umncla, says the US is an occupier and needs to be “decolonized.”
“The goal is to dismantle the settler project that is the United States. For the freedom and future of all life on this planet depends on that.”
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Her controversial remarks hit a crescendo with her claim that “colonizers are scared,” pushing other radicals on her side of the argument to capitalize on that fear.
“Lean into scaring them and making them feel uncomfortable,” she concluded.